In our last post, we noted the closing gender gap when it comes to mesothelioma diagnosis and began looking at some of the unique challenges women face with mesothelioma. In addition to often being diagnosed at a younger age and having a better prognosis, women also commonly deal with financial challenges paying medical bills for treatments.
Mesotheolioma is obviously a life-changing diagnosis, and those who receive it face various challenges. These challenges vary depending on the individual’s family, financial, and other personal circumstances, including the individual’s gender.
This may be a question your dad or uncle asked after a doctor's appointment in which your relative received a diagnosis of an illness associated with asbestos. The doctor may have asked some routine questions about his occupation during the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. When the answer to that question revealed possible exposure to asbestos, your relative, and perhaps you, became confused as to why exposure to something decades ago would have an impact on your loved one's health today.
Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of health problems for those who are exposed to it. This includes not only mesothelioma and lung and throat cancer, but also lesser conditions like asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaque, interstitial fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.
The attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 was tragic and horrific, and we are all aware of the destruction that occurred on that day. We are aware especially of those who lost their lives, as well as those who gave of themselves in service to the dead and wounded.